“Make this holiday historic!” at unique holiday events at historic sites across the country
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The “Make this holiday historic!” campaign is designed to raise awareness of the many unique holiday events held at historic sites during a time when families are looking for memorable ways to celebrate. 


Marlborough, Massachusetts (December 5, 2013) - This year, individuals and families looking for unique, memorable ways to celebrate the holidays can find them on The History List of holiday events at historic sites at www.thehistorylist.com/holidays


The list is part of the “Make this holiday historic!” campaign, which recognizes holiday events at historic sites and in historic buildings across the country, ranging from a dinner in a Victorian mansion to a guided tour of historic neighborhoods by lantern light.


“Every December millions of Americans traipse to the mall or to the movies,” said Lee Wright, founder of The History List.  “But when we conducted research with families this fall about their plans for the holidays, we learned that nearly half would be interested in finding out more about holiday events at historic sites if they only knew about them.”  


The “Make this holiday historic!” campaign is designed to raise awareness of the many unique holiday events held at historic sites during a time when families are looking for memorable ways to celebrate.   


Some of the many listed include:


·         Learn the history of winter holiday traditions on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport, Rhode Island’s streets with the Newport Historical Society and hear how people did--or didn’t--celebrate the holidays.

·         Harriet Stowe & Mark Twain's Olde Fashioned Christmas, with tours and horse-drawn carriage rides, in Hartford, Connecticut at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

·         A holiday lantern tour at Hale Farm & Village where you’ll be transported back to Christmas Eve, 1863, the third year of the American Civil War.  From the Western Reserve Historical Society in Bath, Ohio.

·         Visit beautifully-restored historic 19th Century homes decked out for the holidays on the 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour with the New Bedford Preservation Society in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

·         The Deadwood Cowboy Christmas Ball in Deadwood, South Dakota, an old-fashioned cowboy dance with some of the Black Hills' best performers playing holiday favorites.

·         See people and events from Houston's past come alive at The Heritage Society's 51st Annual Candlelight Tour in Houston, Texas.

·         Capture the holiday spirit with hearth cooks, guides and educators in a month-long series of traditional festive activities at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts.

·         Aluminum Christmas trees became popular in the 1960s, and a Wisconsin business, The Aluminum Specialty Company, became the largest manufacturer of these trees. On display at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison.

·         Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride, and meet Father Christmas and Santa Claus at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.

These and many more are listed at www.thehistorylist.com/holidays


The “Make this holiday historic!” campaign is open to all organizations holding history-related events.  It includes free materials the organization can use to promote their holiday events, along with a copy of the consumer research report.  Organizations can download the materials and add their events at no cost: www.thehistorylist.com/the-holiday-campaign-for-history


The History List (www.TheHistoryList.com) was launched last year as a way to help historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, history museums, house museums, living history sites, re-enactor groups, and other history organizations get the word out about their history-related exhibits and events, such as reenactments, walks and talks, author appearances, celebrations, and more.   


Introduced first in the Boston area, The History List has grown to be the largest list of history-related events taking place across the country.  Organizations add their own events.  There is no cost to participate.  







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